Saturday, August 26, 2006

Curry spice inhibit Alzheimer's disease

Here is another research demonstrated that curcumin, a staple ingredient in curry, is good for the brain. Tze-Pin Ng and colleagues at the National University of Singapore have discovered that curry eating seems to boost brain power in elderly people.
Tze-Pin Ng's reports have suggested that curcumin, an antioxidant, inhibits the build-up of amyloid plaques in people with Alzheimer's. Researcher looked at the curry-eating habits of 1010 Asian people unaffected by Alzheimer's and aged between 60 and 93, and compared their performance in a standard test of cognitive function, the Mini Mental State Examination. Those people who consumed curry "occasionally" (once or more in 6 months but less than once a month) and "often" (more than once a month) had better MMSE results than those who only ate curry "never or rarely".
What is remarkable is that apparently one needs only to consume curry once in a while for the better cognitive performance to be evidenced.

Monday, August 21, 2006

What are functional foods (phoods)?

All whole foods have functional health components - carrots contain beta-carotene, grains have fiber-but some products have been manipulated to become "functional foods" (or phoods): a combination of foods and pharmaceuticals. They are ordinary foods spiked with a nutrient that has specific health properties.
Iodized salt is one of the earliest examples of a functional food. In the 1920s, iodine was added to salt to help prevent goiter (an enlarged thyroid gland). As another example, in recent years, manufacturers add calcium to OJ, thus transformed the juice into a liquid delivery system for the bone-strengthening mineral.
Some other functional foods currently in markets are:
1) Eggs (from Organic Valley) laid by hens which are fed with omega-rich flaxseed. These eggs are rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, good for people with high blood cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acid can also boost joint health and ease arthritis.
2) Yogurt(from Dannon) which are mixed with Probiotics such as lactobacilli & bifidobacteria). Probiotics improve human gastrointestinal health.
3) Margarine (from Benecol) mixed with plant sterol and stanol esters. Plant sterol lowers LDL and total blood cholesterol levels.
4) Prune juice (from Sunsweet) spiked with lutein. Lutein is a vitamin found in green vegetables and egg yolks, may help strengthen vision.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Coffee cure cellulite

Cellulite is big business. $96.9 million was spent on products that claim to remove it. Recently, scientists at an Austrian lingerie manufacturer (Palmers) have hit upon an easier way to burn off the unsightly fatty deposits all day long: tights impregnated with microcapsules of caffeine.
As with other brands of tights that can contain skin products such as aloe vera, red algae, or seaweed, the caffeine-laced fabric is activated by body heat. The small drops of liquid, which last for four washes, boost metabolism, burn fat, improve the appearance of cellulite.
Caffeine-laced cream also works pretty well to against cellulite.
Right now, is the sole distributor of the caffeine tights. The initial response from customers are phenomenal.
So ladies, for your cellulite, skip gyms and grab a pair of caffeine tights.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Camel milk help diabetes patients

Although carmel's milk have been consumed for thousands of years in Africa and the Middle East, it's medical benefits toward modern diseases were not known until recently.
In 1986, an insulin-like protein has been detected in camel milk. Following clinical trials in human diabetes type 1 have shown that the daily consumption of 0.5 litre camel milk reduces the need for insulin medication by an average of 30%. The anti-diabetic properties of camel milk have been demonstrated in several other studies.
Camel milk has positive effects in controlling high blood pressure and helps in the management of Arteriosclerosis and Osteoporosis. Research has demonstrated the presence of potent anti-bacterial and anti-viral factors in camel milk. Clinical trials showed that recovery from infectious disease (e.g. Tuberculosis) was significantly faster in patients consuming camel milk regularly.
Think about it, nature designed camel's milk to help baby camels grow up in some of the world's roughest environments - deserts and steppes. That helps explain why it is 3 times as rich in Vitamin C, 10 times as rich in iron as cow's milk, as well as containing many medicinal compounds.
Few years ago, I got a chance to taste a small piece of cheese made of camel milk. It didn't taste good for sure, quite salty. Now a Austria entrepreneur called Johann Hochleitner is developing camel's milk chocolates. Yogurt and butter are also in the work.
With 20 million camels in the world, dairy experts at the United nation's Food and Agriculture Organization predict $10 billion in annual sales in 2016 for camel's milk due to strong demand.